Keeping it Simple: Train Birthday Shirt

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Train Birthday Shirt


Every birthday I make a birthday shirt for my kids.  They usually have a big number on them and then some kind of saying or something.  I wanted to do that for my son, but he thinks that he is turning 5 this year (he’s turning 4) and so I couldn’t put a big 4 on his shirt, he would not be very happy with me.  So instead, I put the numbers 1 to 4 on it and if he likes this shirt a lot, I can just add a 5 next year too. :)
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This is how I made it:
I took a piece of fabric and then some fabric interfacing material.  I cut them to the same size.
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Then I ironed the fabric onto the rough side of the fabric interfacing.
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Make sure you take off the paper on the back before cutting it.
Using my Expression 2, I cut the fabric.  I used the settings: depth 4, pressure 4.  This fabric is a designer fabric, so it’s thicker than normal cotton. 
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Here is what the train looks like.  Sometimes you do have to cut the threads a little bit.
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Since the shirt was green and the fabric was green, I ironed it on some orange fabric (thanks to a great suggestion on Facebook). 
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I then took the orange fabric and ironed it onto the fabric interfacing material.
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With scissors, I cut around the train.
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I then took off the paper on the back and ironed it onto the shirt.  Once it was on, I sewed the train onto the shirt.
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Here’s the train on the shirt. 
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Using my Cricut again, I cut out some flocked white heat transfer.  I used pressure 4 and depth 4.
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I then ironed those onto the shirt.
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And that’s it!  I love the colors and how it turned out!
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So does my little boy!  He was so excited that he wanted to wear it that day and the next day.  I had to make him another train shirt real quick so he would stop asking about this one.
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I would love it if you followed along.
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12 comments:

Jen @ de Jong Dream House said...

This is SO cute! My train-obsessed 4-year-old would love it!

brooknwlrt said...

What a cute idea....I will have to remember this one for my sons 5th bday coming

brenda head said...

really clever shirt BUT what a looker that little guy is. Those eyes and that smile!!!!

Nina said...

Love it!!! pinned it! :)

Aimee said...

oh my gosh, what a cute idea! I love the idea of making the kids shirts for every birthday -- and why does your son think he is turning 5? hilarious. Anyway, the train shirt is adorable!

Carrie @ My Favorite Finds said...

Cute! I have yet to cut fabric with my Silhouette...it kind of makes me nervous. This is so creative! Thanks for sharing at Pinworthy Projects.

Barb Wagar said...

I so gotta try this!

gypsyrps said...

That's awesome. I love the layered effect. Great job!

Lezlye Lauterbach said...

SO CUte!

EnjoyC said...

I think he has a wonderful mum!

Maria said...

Great job, I have to try this!

Chris Wooten said...

Wow this is so cute. I do not have little ones anymore but need to try this on maybe a pillow,etc...thanks for sharing. and for the chance to win too,

chris@iwooten.com